Michael Carini | Behind The Paint

Sometimes I post images that show a painting at several phases and it will prompt someone to comment that they prefer the painting at an earlier stage than the stage of completion. What they may fail to realize is that my goal is not to paint a pretty picture. My goal is to tell a story. Not every story is clean and pretty. Some stories are muddy and stormy. Of course many would prefer a clean story…a pretty story that is simple and without chaos. Sometimes the stories life paints aren’t quite as we hope or plan though. They just are what they are. Whatever those stories are and whatever form they take, if those stories are honest, they are beautiful. These are my stories and I make no apologies.


We all knew that Yuzuru Hanyu has the most fans out there and the most popular representative in Asia. But could we give a little love to Michael Christian Martinez? This guy is called “the lone skater” because he’s the only one representing his own country and even with his asthma, he still wants to cope up with his dream. Damn, this kid, hardly had any gov’t support and has to mortage his own family house just to join the 2014 Sochi Olympics. HE ONLY TRAINED IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF FUNDS. BUT STILL, LOOK HOW FLAWLESS HIS PERFORMANCE IS. Because there is lack of ice skating trainers in the Philippines, he had to train in Southern California which costs his family and friends a LOT of dollars. 

While he may be short on funds, Martinez is not short on prayers. He’s hoping for one more miracle on the ice that can score an Olympic medal not just for him but for the Philippines. GO MICHAEL!

Dang son, he’s an inspiration to every ice skaters out there who wants to show their talent to the whole world; whatever their current status is. Bless this guy. AND WHAT A CUTIE asdfghjkl ;A;

Michael Brown was an 18 year old that was killed by a Ferguson Police Officer on Saturday, August 9th.  His family is now seeking justice for Michael’s death.  Their pursuit for justice will be lengthy and hard but with the support of the community they will get justice.  If you are willing to support Michael’s family please donate to Michael Brown’s Memorial Fund.  These funds will assist his family with costs that they will acquire as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf.  All funds will be given to the Michael Brown family.  We appreciate your support.

Donate here.

I know this isn’t the usual positivity post but this needs to be said.

In light of the recent events, it has been made known that our system does not care about black bodies. We need to drill it into their heads that black lives matter. We need to stand up and support our friends as allies and support each other in this time of need.

Justice for Michael Brown, and every other man, woman, and trans person of color who has been wrongfully abused and/or murdered by the police and failed by the system.

I think I have gotten emotionally attached to red hair Michael


“Heaven, hell—I don’t care who wins. I just want it to be over. This isn’t about a war. This is about two brothers that loved each other, and betrayed each other.”

I loved this part because Luke was so nervous and Calum made him smile and aw

It was so cute, they were all running around stage making sure nobody was nervous and trying to make eachother laugh and they were so supportive of eachother during the performance.

I’m proud of them, yes.

  • person: omg luke hooked up with-
  • me: have you preordered skh ep yet???
  • person: no but luke hooked up with a-
  • me: what about the album?? :)
  • person: um later but i cant believe calum hooked up-
  • me: did you hear about their album reaching number one?? what about the fact that they've finally got acknowledged by their favourite bands??? they got the opportunity to be the band they always wanted to be????,?? they're slowly getting accepted as a pop punk band ??? did you know that or are you too busy criticizing them for hooking up girls??

Bands Supporting Other Bands


Calum and Michael being supportive in public after the reveal of Ashton’s mum’s address.

stanning michael is a reminder that i look up to true talent and a person with a beautiful heart and mindset he’s so incredible. i love him because he is so thoughtful and giving, he changed my life and helped me see beyond love and gives me endless happy days.

Ferguson protester: No one can find the bullet police say they didn’t fire into my head

Nov. 4 2014

A Florissant, Missouri woman was shot in the head while she was leaving a rally in Ferguson supporting the family of slain teen Michael Brown.

According to the Riverfront Times, the bullet that doctors removed from Mya Aaten-White’s head in August has vanished and police claim she was gunned down by unknown assailants in a drive-by shooting.

On the night of August 12, Aaten-White says she was leaving an event in Ferguson in support of Michael Brown and remembers a group of people walking in front of her, then everyone diving for the ground as shots rang out.

When she sat up, she knew something was wrong.

“Oh my God, you’re shot in the head,” she remembers someone saying. A group of young men carried her to a house where they called 911.

“Those young men carried me and saved my life,” she said of the group who rescued her.

Now, Ferguson police are trying to blame those men for shooting her, calling the incident a drive-by shooting in which Aaten-White — a great-granddaughter of jazz legend Mae Wheeler — was caught in the crossfire. Witnesses, however, claim that the volley of bullets came from Ferguson police.

Aaten-White was conscious in the ambulance, taking a selfie that went viral. Then in the hospital, doctors debated about whether it was safe to remove the bullet from her skull, which had stopped a bare millimeter from her brain.

When Aaten-White woke up from surgery, she repeatedly asked medical personnel when the police were going to come and interview her about the incident. No one came.

When she asked who has custody of the key piece of evidence in her case, the bullet, no one could tell her what happened to the slug they pulled from her forehead.

“Someone has the bullet,” said her attorney Marwan Porter to the Times.

Porter specializes in cases of police misconduct. He said, “We want to find out who and what agency took possession of the bullet. We want to identify who was responsible for firing the weapon that ended up with a bullet being lodged in the front of Mya’s head.”

“I’ve talked to both the St. Louis County Police Department and Ferguson…they have no record…no file number, no report,” he said. “They don’t have anything.”

A month after the incident, police finally released a report.

However, when the blog submitted a sunshine request about any ballistics reports or evidence related to the case, the police department replied, “This is an active investigation by law enforcement. No investigative records, such as ballistic records, are subject to disclosure in accordance with Section 610.100 R.S.Mo. The investigative records will be closed records until such time as dictated by Section 610.100 et seq.”

Aaten-White says she still has not spoken to the police about the incident, nearly three months later. A detective came to her house once to take a statement, but when she would not speak to him without an attorney present, the detective left and since then, she said, police have been ducking her attorney’s calls.

“I’ve left numerous messages for them,” Porter confirmed.

Part of her reluctance to deal with the department without the benefit of legal counsel, said Aaten-White, is that the incident report about the shooting is inaccurate.

“It’s an inaccurate report that we believe, my attorneys believe was produced as a result of the media pressure,” she said, but would not say specifically which sections weren’t true.

Read the Ferguson Police Department’s incident report about the shooting, embedded below.

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